I am 29 weeks pregnant. Will I know when I have gone into labor?

Desiree - posted on 10/26/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I am 29 weeks pregnant and this is my first child. I have had lots of pregnancty pains and growing pains. Cramps, all of it! I was wondering when I go into labor if I will know? Will I know the difference between pregnancy pains and labor pains? I just want to know what I will feel and If I will know its time. Thank you!

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Jamie - posted on 11/03/2009

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I actually wondered that same exact question! I went to the doc on a wed - she broke my membranes and bam...started feeling crampy. like menstral cramps...coming and going. they weren't super close together so I wasn't sure it was 'official'...timed them on thurs using contraction master and around 3 or so they started getting pretty painful and about 5 mins apart so I went in!

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Alysha - posted on 11/03/2009

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I was asking the same question i went to the hospital 3 times before i actually was in labor. But believe me you will for sure know when you are in labor. I thought i was the first three times but when i finally was your instinct lets you know that you are in labor.

Stephanie - posted on 11/03/2009

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When i had my son i went into labor at 3am they were severe by that time they were already 3min apart ...my water broke at 6am then i had him at 8 i had a pretty easy labor but the pain wasnt super bad once they gave me nubain n my epidural it was cake...but u will know when u start having contractions it will hurt unlike anything else youve probably ever experienced

Micah - posted on 11/03/2009

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i just went by how bad the pain was. I'm kind of a 'deal with it' type person, so by the time we went to the hospital i was already in bad pain and 6 cm dilated. Just go by what your body tells you. 2 weeks before i had my daughter, around my original due date, i started having back labor and went to the hospital to check; i wasn't dilated at all, so i couldn't have been in labor. all im saying is pay a lot of attention to your body. i had 2 due dates and my daughter didn't come on either lol. but i still knew when the date came, even when it was only the beginning of my contractions, i could tell something about them was a little different. you'll def kno when the big day is here!

Melissa - posted on 11/03/2009

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Ok, I think it's important for people to know, that you DON"T always know....it's not "OH YOU'LL KNOW WHEN IT'S HAPPENING FOR SURE" That's just NOT true. I never went into labor with my daughter, I had to be induced....then with my boys I was 4cm dialated at 27 weeks and had NO IDEA!!!!! My dr. saved my boy's lives because he decided to "check" me at that visit instead of waiting for the next. The only symptom I had was discharge....so not everyone's the same. Keep that in mind.

Lindsay - posted on 11/01/2009

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I am one of those rare people that had no idea I was in labor. I went to the ER b/c I had some odd discharge, and when I got there I was already 6cm and in active labor, but had no clue! I thought that meant I would have a great labor and delivery, but ended up needing a c-section. From what I have read (and my OB has told me) I am an oddball and that isn't the norm...figures I'd be the weirdo in the family.

Lisa - posted on 11/01/2009

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oh yes!!!!! Maybe not early labor, but when you go into active labor you will most definantly know it!!!! When your water breaks, if you aren't already at the hospital you shoulds go. And don't worry about if you think you just didn't get to the bathroom in time. You will know the difference, trust me. :) good luck!

Amy - posted on 10/30/2009

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haha, i was scheduled to be induced at 9:00 pm on sunday night, and i ended up going into labor that morning :)

Aly - posted on 10/30/2009

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I thought the same thing, and I waited and waited, and every little thing i thought THIS MUST BE IT...but I actually went passed my due date and was induced...after my doctor broke my water i felt the labor....and trust me you will know exactly what it is when it hits you. good luck!

Amy - posted on 10/30/2009

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during my last trimester i had contractions all the time, and i kept wondering "is this it?" but when the time came, they just felt different somehow. i felt them more in my lower abdomen, whereas before they wouldn't be centralized in one certain area. everyone is different, but for me, i knew

Melissa - posted on 10/29/2009

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I was the same way. I had heard horror stories about mother's not even knowing they were in labor. Don't believe them, that is very rare! You're know that you're in labor when you can't even talk or breathe through the pain. Don't worry, you will know! Mine came on hard and fast, I woke up at 6 am, and immediantly wanted to go to the hospital because the pain was so bad. My contractions went right to only three minutes apart. I didn't want pain medicine before labor and was afraid to have an IV. By the time I got to the hospital, I was begging for the IV. I don't say this to make you afraid, just to warn you. Don't worry you will know!

APRIL - posted on 10/29/2009

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i have had 3 the first 2 i went into labor at hospital but the 3rd i started cramping and thought maybe but went to sleep woke in the morning and still pains i waited alittle while before saying anything then they just kept getting worse i knew for sure when i was in so much pain i had to drive to my mother inlaws to take me to the hospital by the time i got there i was 5 centimeters thats cutting it close so basically if the contractions dont go awayand get worse u are probably in labor

Heather - posted on 10/29/2009

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I will be honest with you, I had to go into hospital to be induced and nothing was happening, so my other half went home for the night and I was given a seditive to sleep, but it didn't help :p about 12am I felt like I needed to toilet, and nothing. So I went back to bed, and about an hour later, the same, went to the loo and nothing. Well, this was getting more frequent, not to sound gross, but I really felt I had to poo :p lol But my baby was back to back with me so all my contractions were in my back so I just had really bad back ache. Went into the bathroom for the last time about 6 and I just stood around with horrible back ache, then couldn't walk. I had to have the midwife come get me. My baby was born at 7am. I didn't have pain relief until I pushed, about 3 pushes and she was out! First baby, and only 6cm, the midwives were really surprised how quickly it went because my poor husband missed the birth :( They rang him when they saw I was 6cm in no rush, and 3 minutes after ringing him, my daughter was born. So bottom line, I didn't really have "normal" contrations. And my water only broke right before my baby was born

Tammy - posted on 10/29/2009

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I agree with everyone, you will definetly know when u are in labour. One thing I learnt when I was hooked up to the machine that monitors your contractions that your belly will harden and rise slightly with each contraction.

Cheryl - posted on 10/29/2009

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lol YOU SOUND LIKE ME....YOU WILL SO KNOW WHEN THE ONES THAT COUNT COME!! I AGREE JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES AND BREATH!!

Ashley - posted on 10/28/2009

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both of my labours were different. i was induced for both but the first i was induced because of preeclampsia. for my 2nd a bit of my water broke at home but i had no contractions at all. i was 4 cm dialated by the time i got to the hospital and 6 hrs later i still wasnt having contractions so they had to put me on oxytocin to get them going. i dont know what contractions feel like without being induced but with the oxytocin i most def knew! the pain was intolerable. it was all in my back and front. i had this same question, ikept asking my mom and her response was you will know. she was right...you will most def know!

Bekki - posted on 10/27/2009

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Labor pains are quite simple to distinguish from false labor.. Labor pains.. true labor pains will not go away when you get in a warm or hot bath.. they will not go away when you walk.. they will get worse when you walk due to gravity.. BH contractions will go away with rest, bathing, walking..

I can't tell you which characteristics to look for because everyone is different.. i never felt a contraction.. i've had two kids without a single contraction till i hit 7 cm then i felt a lil pang and got an epidural just in case i would feel em later.. I actually knew i was in labor because i get nauseated, like i have the flu.. but thats just me.

Donna - posted on 10/26/2009

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You will know trust me !!! Mine started at 3 in the morning and just felt like really bad period pain they would come and go every 7 mins or soo. I rang my midwife at 6am and got one of the on call ones grrrrrr. I told her that i thought i was in labour and she replied well you would know if you were.....how rude!! Then an hour later my waters broke. Then 21 hours later my baby boy was born. So dont be afraid to call the doc if your not sure, thats what their there for. Good luck hope you dont have to wait too much longer!

Dawn - posted on 10/26/2009

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I will be 36 weeks on Thursday and hadn't had any pains until a week ago. I started having sharp pains in the vaginal area. They hurt so bad I had to hold onto something until it was gone. I didn't think it was anyhting, but I was at work and I was told to call my doctor just to be safe. She told me I was having contractions because when I set down they would go away. She made me come in and checked me. I was 50% effaced (thinned out). She put me on maternity leave until I'm 36 weeks. She said if I go after 36 weeks, then she doesn't care, but she didn't want me to go before then. I get to go back to work on Monday. I still have been having contractions off and on. I go to my next appointment on Thursday. I will see if I have thinned out more or dilated. But I didn't even think that it was contractions because my stomach wasn't getting hard. I was told they were just lower uterine contractions. My advice to you is if it doesn't feel right then it doesn't hurt to call the doctor. I'm glad I did. If I didn't I may have had her 6 weeks early.

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pretty much!! lol.. with both my boys i had period like cramps in early labor.. boy that changed! im sure you've read books and whatnot.. obviously.. u will have to get to hosp quick if your membranes rupture.. aka water breaks, but even after that it can take a while.. everyones diffrent htough.. just keep track of whats going on.. good luck and God bless girl

Desiree - posted on 10/26/2009

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OK, so when it's horribly painful and I feel like I'm going to keel over and die it's time! haha...Thank you so much!

Danie - posted on 10/26/2009

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I had the same question when I was pregnant! I asked everybody, "When will I know? When will it be apparent that it's the real deal?!" Everybody said the same thing: "You'll know!" Labor pains are different for everybody, but for me they came on slow and light. At first it just feels like a pang, I couldn't even feel any muscles contracting, it just kind of felt like a side stitch (as if I'd been running for too long). After awhile the pangs just start getting stronger. You know you're in labor when the cramps are no longer just annoying but start to make you double over. If you're feeling pain like that, pain that you need to close your eyes in order to manage...then you're probably in labor! Once you're that far, just remember to take one contraction at a time. Breathe breathe breathe and breathe. Make noise if you have to. Be strong. You and your baby will make it through!

Danie - posted on 10/26/2009

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I had the same question when I was pregnant! I asked everybody, "When will I know? When will it be apparent that it's the real deal?!" Everybody said the same thing: "You'll know!" Labor pains are different for everybody, but for me they came on slow and light. At first it just feels like a pang, I couldn't even feel any muscles contracting, it just kind of felt like a side stitch (as if I'd been running for too long). After awhile the pangs just start getting stronger. You know you're in labor when the cramps are no longer just annoying but start to make you double over. If you're feeling pain like that, pain that you need to close your eyes in order to manage...then you're probably in labor! Once you're that far, just remember to take one contraction at a time. Breathe breathe breathe and breathe. Make noise if you have to. Be strong. You and your baby will make it through!

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